LETTERS: Wasserman Schultz wrong on voter ID

To the editor:

When Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, states that there is almost no voter fraud in Nevada, she is making a wild assumption (“DNC head talks Nevada voter ID law,” Feb. 7 Review-Journal). Voter fraud is an under-reported, under-investigated and under-enforced crime. To deny that it happens is to deny everything we know about human nature.

It is only common sense to require photo identification to vote because of how easy it is to impersonate others. Why do you think photo ID is required to be able to open a bank account or cash a check, use a credit card, travel by airplane or train, receive medical treatment, enter a federal building, buy alcohol, etc.? Isn’t the integrity of the vote just as important?

When Rep. Wasserman Schultz says voter ID legislation is a voter-suppression tactic, she is assuming that a demographic the Democratic Party so passionately courts does not have the intelligence, skills or motivation to acquire a government-issued document.

Our electoral system cannot inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter and detect fraud. This should be a bipartisan issue, since both parties claim to desire fair, accurate and efficient elections.



Leave PERS alone

To the editor:

I am a 17-year resident of Nevada. As a former school counselor, my years of employment were spent in service to the children and working families where I was employed. My wife is an employee of Clark County and nearing retirement.

State legislators seem determined to change the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System, perhaps to have pension money directed into 401(k)-type plans. This is a bad idea. Research indicates that states such as West Virginia, Alaska, and others have worse problems due to pension reform than prior to such reform.

Please present a fair and balanced review of the discussion. I urge a “no” vote on legislation to change PERS.



No boots on the ground

To the editor:

I think letter writer Dan Carr might need to do some more research (“Evil cannot be quelled by airstrikes alone,” Feb. 10 Review-Journal). Granted, Adolf Hitler’s acts were terrible, but it wasn’t only the United States that failed to save the Jews. All of Europe ignored the problem, taking few if any Jewish refugees.

Mr. Carr should also look into more of the history of the Middle East. Various tribes and the two major factions of Islam (Sunni and Shiite) have been fighting each other for more than 900 years. Other than more modern weapons used, not much has changed in the last nine centuries.

ISIL wants America to send in ground troops, just as we did in Afghanistan and Iraq. By getting the U.S. to do so, ISIL will try to create more hatred of the West in the Middle East. ISIL soldiers went from beheading to burning, trying to raise the anger of the West. We cannot let our revulsion and abhorrence of their evil acts drag us into another quagmire. They would love nothing better than to show some dead civilians — whether we killed them or not — to show how evil America is.

This isn’t and shouldn’t be our war. We can help the Middle East by giving them training for their own boots on the ground and to decrease ISIL’s resources by using our airstrikes, not by sacrificing our own men and women, having them come home as wounded veterans all over again.



Time for Rice to go

To the editor:

It is time for UNLV to give men’s basketball coach Dave Rice his walking papers. His statement that his coaching staff has done a good job with this group is asinine (“Youth comes with a price,” Feb. 10 Review-Journal). This group can’t win because it can’t play defense.

Mr. Rice hasn’t had a single player develop or improve his skills under his coaching staff. The team can’t protect big leads because it can’t stop other teams from scoring. Mr. Rice had a No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett. Mr. Bennett has been a bust in the NBA because he can’t play defense. He never learned how to play defense at UNLV. Neither has any other player that Dave Rice has recruited.

His players give up back-door layups and allow opposing guards to penetrate to the basket because they don’t play hard on the defensive end of the floor. They are rarely in the correct foot and body positions to defend the basket.

As far as UNLV playing freshmen, schools all around the country are doing it. Some do it very successfully because their coaches are great communicators and teachers of the game. Obviously Dave Rice isn’t.

It shouldn’t take five years to build a college basketball program. Lon Kruger was successful in turning around Oklahoma basketball in two years. Mr. Rice is running out of excuses.



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